Jewish Learning

 

Gratitude After the Meal: Mindful Eating Practices

Create a sense of gratitude at your Shabbat dinner table with Birkat Ha’mazon. By: Dr. C Tova Markenson After the Meal Blessings: Mindful Eating Practices If you bring to mind the best meal that you’ve had [...]
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Shabbat Shuvah: The Potential for Transformation

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read Tova’s thoughts about Shabbat Shuvah, a special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. A refrain of [...]
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A Sweet Seder: The Rosh Hashanah Meal

Apples and honey are a well-known holiday staple at Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) tables all over the world. We indulge in sweet foods, so that the year to come will be just as [...]
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Going Full Circle: Challah Rituals

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova’s experiences with challah on Shabbat with some special twists for the new year [...]
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A Splash of Ritual: Handwashing on Shabbat

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova’s experiences with the handwashing ritual on Shabbat. I do not have an especially [...]
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Making Kiddush: Why, When, Where, and How

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova's experiences with blessing the wine. In Jewish tradition, time for rest is required. [...]
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Contemplative Candle Lighting

Dr. C. Tova Markenson loves exploring the mystery of the present moment through story, ritual, and Shabbat! Read a reflection about Tova's experiences with lighting Shabbat candles. Candle lighting is a simple act with so [...]
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Remembering Together for Yom HaShoah with Zikaron BaSalon

Everyone has a story to hear and a memory to share. Yom HaShoah, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, is an important opportunity to listen to testimonies, share stories, and be in community. As people in many [...]
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Finding Shalom in Shabbat

by Carrie Seleman Celebrating Shabbat is about ending the week with intention and prioritizing your most important relationships. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – a time to acknowledge that for many, their home life [...]
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Passover: Reimagining Your Family Seder

The Passover Seder belongs to you. Yes, there are traditions — symbols, foods, words, songs. But real magic and meaning are found not in the past, but in what you make of it: when you [...]
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